You can still catch the 8th annual Shawhaven Lamb Festival at 1826 Rolfe Road this Easter weekend. Last weekend, the festival’s first for this year, saw attendance of an estimated 3,000 people. That’s not the only record broken — there were also more than 100 lambs also at the event.
“My husband and I just thought it would be a good and fun way to let people get back to their roots a bit,” said Tammy Shaw, owner of Shawhaven Farm. “Some high schoolers years ago wanted to see some of the animals so we thought we would just make an event out of it.”
The farm holds over 100 lambs, 20 goats, 15 chickens, five donkeys, two mules, one turkey and one black and white bunny named Oreo. Every year the farm’s growth in animals has also resulted in the mean growth of people at the event.
“Last year we had around 2,500 people in attendance,” said Shaw. “This year we are well on our way to 3,000 at least. It’s becoming very successful.”
The festival contains animal viewing or holding areas, wagon rides, face-painting stations, balloon animals and a search area where kids sift through dirt to find gemstones.
“It’s definitely a lot of work,” said Preston Shaw, grandson of Tammy Shaw. “I help out around the farm and whatnot. It can be frustrating, especially with the mules and lambs, but it’s worth it in the end if you think about it.”
Preston has worked at the festival since he was 8. Although only 13, Preston plans to do something like this when he gets older.
“The turnouts keep getting bigger and bigger every year,” said Bob-zi Wob-zi the clown. “I’ve made well over 200 balloon animals today.”
Bob-zi Wob-zi has attended the festival the past three years.
“I actually found this event online,” said Sadie Ross, attendee of the Shawhaven Lamb Festival. “Of course the animals have been the best part. It’s great for the family. Everly, our little one, has really seemed to love it.”
The festival’s final days will be April 15-16
“We will definitely be back again next year,” said Ross.